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Pros and Cons of the Rowing Machine and the StairMaster

Trainer Helping a Woman on Rowing Machine

 

Following my previous article on cardio machines, many of you have been asking me question about the rowing machine and the StairMaster.

First of all, I want to remind you some general principles about cardio machines. On the one hand, for an efficient warm-up or just to spend more calories, it is preferable to choose a machine that will work both the lower and upper body. In the case of the StairMaster, it is preferable not to hold the handles in order to work your balance and optimize the effect of your workout. On the other hand, including a larger variety of machines in your routine enables you to benefit from the advantages of each and avoid monotony.

Finally, it is important to remember that all cardio exercises enable us to burn calories and work the most important muscle, the heart. So, regardless of the machine, a regaular cardio training will improve your health and your cardio, and help you lose weight.

Pros and cons chart

Pros

Cons

Rowing machine

 

  • Can be used both for training cardio and muscle
  • Works the upper and lower boy
  • Interesting alternative to perform cardio when the legs are tired
  • No impacts on articulations
  • Can be used for interval training
  • Requires some technical learning
  • Harder to perform for a prolonged period of time because the arms get tired faster
  • Heart rate is unavailable
  • Usually not tolerated by those with back issues
  • Monotony, less possible variations when compared with other machines
  • No impacts on articulations
  • Can be used for interval training
StairMaster

 

 

  • Can be used both for training cardio and muscle
  • Heart rate easy to monitor
  • Works balance if we avoid holding the handles
  • Can be used for interval training
  • No impacts on articulationsNo impacts on articulations
  • Can be used for interval training
  • Requires a period of adaptation before getting used to the movement
  • Works only the lower body (slight movement of the arms if we avoid holding the handles)
  • Usually not well tolerated by those with back issues because of the often inclined position
  • Monotony, less possible variations when compared with other machines
  • Requires a period of adaptation before getting used to the movement
  • Works only the lower body (slight movement of the arms if we avoid holding the handles)
  • Usually not well tolerated by those with back issues because of the often inclined position
  • Monotony, less possible variations when compared with other machines
  • No impacts on articulations
  • Can be used for interval training

 

By Mathieu Rousseau

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